7 FOODS THAT CAN TRIGGER ACNE

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Hi, my name is Tom, I've been experiencing some acne lately. Is there any specific foods that can trigger my acne so that I know to stay away from it? Thank You

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Here are 7 foods that trigger acne and why...


Dairy
Bad news, dairy queens: milk actually doesn’t do a complexion good. Because of recent research on diet and acne, the American Academy of Dermatology now says there may be a link between milk consumption and breakouts.

“Dairy causes spikes in certain pimple-producing hormones,” he explains. “I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk.”

Sugar
As if we needed another reason to give up the white stuff. “Sugar can absolutely cause breakouts, because it’s pro-inflammatory,” Lipman confirms. “Acne is considered an inflammatory condition, and someone with acne-prone skin should follow an anti-inflammatory diet.”

That doesn’t mean you have to give up sweetness for good, though. Lipman recommends eating fruit (not fruit juice) and, if you must have sweetener, choose small amounts of stevia, raw honey, or maple syrup.

Soy
If you break out around the mouth and along your jawline, tofu and other soy foods could be to blame. And it’s all due to the natural plant estrogens found in soybeans. Soy derivatives show up in everything from veggie burgers to energy bars, so read labels carefully.

Coffee
A cup of joe can wake you up, but it can worsen a breakout, too. “There’s an organic acid inside coffee beans that raises cortisol levels,” Yap Tan says. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can act like an androgen, simultaneously stimulating sebaceous glands and inflammation. Switching to decaf won’t do anything, since caffeine isn’t the trigger; your best bet, says Yap Tan, is to replace coffee with tea or yerba mate.

Bread
If you’re prone to acne, baguettes, croissants, and all that other good stuff may make the situation worse. “Wheat causes inflammation,” Lipman says. “And to get rid of acne, you want to reduce inflammation in your body.”

Coconut oil
“A lot of people are shocked to hear about this one,” Yap Tan says of this comedogenic oil. “But not only does coconut oil clog pores around the mouth, it also creates a stubborn kind of inflammation—usually on the cheeks and along the jawline.” That goes for coconut oil that’s applied topically oringested with food, so check your pantry along with your medicine cabinet.

Peanuts

Peanuts contain an androgen, which can make acne worse by increasing sebum production. “Peanuts will generally make people more oily,”

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